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Converting a garageto Expand Your Living Space

Converting your garage can be a cost-effective solution to gain extra living space without the expense of an extension. The structure is already in place, which often makes garage conversions cheaper and quicker.

Types of Garage Conversions:

  1. Additional Living Space: This involves converting the garage into extra living space, like a bedroom or living room. It requires building consent and must meet NZ Building Code standards, such as proper insulation, ventilation, and damp-proofing.

  2. Self-Contained Living Space: Converting a garage into a separate dwelling unit (like a granny flat) requires both building consent and resource consent. It must comply with stricter health, safety, and zoning regulations.

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Building Consent Converting your garage into a habitable space requires a building consent. This ensures that the conversion meets all necessary safety and construction standards.


Kitchenette or Laundry If you're planning to adding these, you may need a resource consent in addition to a building consent. This is because your garage will essentially become a separate dwelling, which has additional regulatory requirements.


Compliance with Building Code Your garage must meet the applicable NZ Building Code for habitable spaces. This often includes adding insulation, building wrap, windows for ventilation, and damp-proofing the floor to ensure the space is safe and comfortable to live in.


Ceiling Height The ceiling height must be a minimum of 2.1m from the finished floor to the finished ceiling for the space to be considered habitable. If your garage ceiling is lower, you may face a more extensive renovation project to raise it.


Parking Converting your garage shouldn't leave you without adequate off-street parking. Council regulations often require a minimum number of parking spaces, so check your local bylaws to ensure compliance. If your garage is being used as a parking space, you may need to create alternative parking options.

Some FAQ's...

What is a garage conversion? A garage conversion transforms an existing garage into a livable space, such as a bedroom, office, or rental unit.

What types of rooms can I create with a garage conversion? Common options include bedrooms, home offices, gyms, playrooms, or self-contained rental units.

What are the benefits of converting my garage? Benefits include increased living space, potential rental income, and added property value.

Can all garages be converted? Most garages can be converted, but some may require structural modifications or additional work to meet building standards.

Do I need council consent for a garage conversion? Yes, most garage conversions require council consent to ensure compliance with local building codes and regulations.

Will a garage conversion add value to my property? Yes, converting a garage can significantly increase your property's value by adding functional living space.

What is the cost of a garage conversion? Costs vary based on the scope of work, materials, and finishes, but a rough estimate can range from $30,000 to $180,000+

How long does a garage conversion take? Typically, a garage conversion takes 4-8 weeks, depending on the complexity and size of the project.

Can I live in my home during the conversion? Yes, most garage conversions allow you to remain in your home, although there may be some disruptions.

Do garage conversions require insulation? Yes, to meet building standards, your garage conversion will need proper insulation for comfort and energy efficiency.

What kind of finishes can I choose for my converted space? You can choose from a wide range of finishes for flooring, walls, and fixtures to suit your style and budget.

How do I start the garage conversion process? Contact us for a consultation, and we will guide you through planning, design, permits, and construction.

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